Match date: 15 Dec 2017
| Sport: Football
| Competition: France Football
| Stake: 8/10
| Pick: 2
| Match result:
0-4 - Won
After decent first two months in this season St Etienne went out of the tracks, they are without victory in last nine matches since October and currently are at 15th position at the table with only two points above red line, something must be changed in their game in order to stay safe, now in 18th round of Ligue 1 they will face with Monaco and it will be very difficult to achieve positive outcome to end that negative streak, they simple can't be satisfied with results so far but i don't believe that can celebrate over title defenders tonight.
Hosts were defeated in previous game on the road by Marseille, they conceded three goals in that duel without scoring and were completely outplayed, before that faced with Nanets at home and earned one point but had a bit of luck to take that since opponents were better side on the pitch, more than two weeks ago were defeated also on the road with convincing result and at this moment it seems like almost impossible task to confront to a strong Monaco. St Etienne weren't great in offense with 17 goals scored in 17 games while defense was pretty poor with 27 conceded, now against very effective team i simple don't see how can avoid conceding couple of goals.
Defenders Loic Perrin (14/0), Florentin Pogba (5/0), defensive midfielder Ole Selnaes (12/0) and forward Romain Hamouma (13/2) are all injured and will stay out while defenders Ronael Pierre Gabriel (13/0), Leo Lacroix (10/0) and midfielder Bryan Dabo (15/2) are all suspended for this duel.
Monaco are defending a title in French Ligue 1 but how the things stands at this moment it will be almost impossible to repeat great results from last campaign, they weren't so convincing while PSG are playing amazing football and it will be really difficult for anyone to stop them. Monaco dropped to a third position and are nine points behind leaders, that is already big difference and i just doubt that will manage to keep up with them. In Champions league they really disappointed and took only two points out of six games in group stage so they are now something only in domestic competitions.
They achieved victory in League Cup over Caen three days ago while before that in last round of French league celebrated over Troyes at home, although at one moment were two goals behind they were better side during whole game and in the end deserved all three points. Guests are at third position on scoring charts also and are still playing good attacking football, in last two duels with St Etienne at this ground failed to celebrate and got two draws but i believe that tonight will manage to collect points and at least keep their third position at the table.
Midfielders Youri Tielemans (17/1) and Gabriel Boschilia (6/0) are both injured and won't be available here while forward Stevan Jovetic (7/2) is in doubt due to his injury issues.
St Etienne are having some crisis in their form which must end soon if they want to avoid dropping into relegation zone, however in this duel with Monaco they simple don't have much chances, guests are in decent form and now are fully focused on league so victory of guests seems like a quiet safe option.